10 August 2022
Christian bible says ‘seek and you
shall find’. Yesterday I read the article headed ‘600 articles over 11 years: What did they tell the reading
public and policymakers?’ at https://www.ft.lk/columns/600-articles-over-11-years-What-did-they-tell-the-reading-public-and-policymakers/4-738412
I thought about it positively. This
morning, I found its institutional parallel headed ‘What now for the media?’ at https://www.dailymirror.lk/opinion/What-now-for-the-media/231-242752
I sought and I found
someone who was also dissatisfied with the media’s handling of the Sri Lankan Protests.
Mr Amantha Perera begins with the following:
iconic GotaGoGama is winding down. The crowds have thinned out. The WhatsApp
messages that used to flood the inbox have dried out. The foreign journalists who were so much of a
concerned feature of the Aragalaya coverage have left. The short-term fixing gigs have
slowed down. You wake up and suddenly the overlay of working intensity has
dialled down a bit but the uncertainty of what lies next as a citizen of Sri
The ‘foreign journalists include the likes of Australian ABC,
whose mind also seems to have‘left’ the Sri Lankan issue. But I have not left.
I have been writing for about 20 years with my main focus being as Sri Lankan.
The total exceed 6000.
Mr W A Wijewardene, the author of ‘600 articles over 11
years……’ is presented by the publishers as follows:
writer, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, can be
reached at …..’
author of other article, Mr Amantha Perera, is presented
‘The writer is a journalism researcher and a writer. He can be contacted at ………’
In contrast, I come
without a package. This could mean that I am a frivolous writer or that I am a philosophical
writer. I get responses on the basis of both. But to me, my best reader is myself. I first bring the
target audience into myself as the faceless ‘common reader’. When I feel that
the reader in me is satisfied, I feel wholesome.
Mr Wijewardene laments in this regard:
ignoring the message
If indeed, the Politicians had the mind-structure of
clever Economists, they would not be able to connect to the minds of their
voters and v.v. That is the challenge in Democracy. One has to be humble to connect
to the voter but one has to be clever not to be cheated by the voter.
Perera presents this as follows:
[By the time Ranil Wickremesinghe replaced
Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the head of state, a few who started off reporting the
protests as closely and diligently as they could, ended up being part and
parcel of the protesters. This was especially true of social media profile. As
I said in a previous column, this may be a positive bias, but it still is a
bias and a naked one at that.
Jesus and Gandhi renounced at personal level - all
benefits from their work. This rendered them the ‘insight’ to identify with the
common beneficiary of their work. Their ‘cleverness’ in turn became confidential-higher
intelligence. In Northern Sri Lanka, the practice of the son submitting his
earnings to his father is, to my mind, towards this merger of current benefits
with the mind of the provider of the education/skills needed to earn the money.
This leads to immediate conversion of current benefits to the higher level
opportunity which eventually becomes heritage/permanent opportunity.
Both have highlighted the problem of separation due
to cultural diversity. When one operates at the top level of one system and the
other at the bottom level, their cultures are different in the same ethnicity.
Hence the protests to define that the protestors were from the opposite pole to
the government. That way their world revolves around itself, on the basis of
the two extremes pulling & pushing in opposite directions.
If the top sacrifices – and the bottom recognises the
top as invisible Spiritual Energy, they merge to become one and the differences
The more visible we seek to be, the more difficult
politics towards self-governance would become. The reason for this is that we have
in mind – those who would reward us and not ownership in common. Those driven
by visible ‘effects’ would not appreciate the ‘freedom’ in ownership. Hence the
separation between the voters and the government became visible. When parliament
becomes a trading house, this separation is assured.
Those who share their truth through their writing
work get connected to the Universal power of Truth which is self balancing.
Institutional structures facilitate this merger at the higher level towards
commonness of that profession – be it economics or journalism. But they would
not automatically merge with the bottom.